London, July 16
Actress Amber Heard punched her ex-husband and Hollywood star Johnny Depp throughout one in every of their heated arguments, placing him to guard her sister, London’s High Court was informed on Thursday.
Depp, 57, is suing the writer of Britain’s Sun newspaper for libel over an article which labelled him a “wife beater” and says it was he who suffered home violence by the hands of Heard throughout their unstable relationship.
The paper argues its story is true and the courtroom has been informed Heard, 34, accuses her ex-husband of attacking her on no less than 14 events between 2013 and 2016 when enraged after ingesting or taking medicine to extra.
Giving proof to the courtroom, Depp’s bodyguard Sean Bett stated there have been plenty of occasions when Heard had left seen accidents on his employer.
He stated one in every of these had taken place on April 21, 2016, after a celebration for Heard’s birthday. The courtroom has been informed beforehand that she alleges Depp had attacked her when she grew to become upset as a result of he had turned up late to the celebration.
He denies this and says she assaulted him, throwing a “haymaker” punch throughout the row.
Bett stated he had pushed Depp to a different of his houses after the argument and he had taken a photograph of the actor’s face after he associated that Heard had punched him.
However, the courtroom heard there was a dispute over a photograph submitted as a part of Bett’s proof and that the image included along with his witness assertion was in truth taken after one other incident on March 23, 2015.
The Sun’s lawyer Sasha Wass informed the courtroom that that incident, one other of the events when Depp is accused of assaulting his ex-wife, was one the place Heard “admits she punched Mr Depp in defence of her younger sister” and the one event when she did so.
Bett stated the photograph he stated he took the next yr appeared very comparable, however accepted he couldn’t discover the unique.
The bodyguard was additionally requested about an incident in May 2016 when Heard accuses Depp of hurling a cell phone at her which struck her face, leaving a bruise on her cheek.
Bett stated when he arrived on the scene, he agreed that Heard had shouted phrases to the impact of “if he hits me one more time I’m going to call the cops”.
But he stated there was no seen damage to her face, saying he had been her consistently as a result of “she was shouting at the top of her lungs”.
He denied he was mendacity for his boss, saying Heard would have tantrums and turn into offended at Depp for no obvious purpose and that she behaved badly when she had been ingesting.
Earlier the courtroom was informed by Depp’s lawyer David Sherborne that two former companions of Depp, Vanessa Paradis with whom he had two youngsters and actress Winona Ryder, would not give proof as a result of their testimony he had by no means been violent in the direction of them was not wanted because it was not challenged.
On Wednesday, the courtroom heard from Heard’s former assistant Kate James who stated Heard had “stolen” particulars of her personal expertise of being violently sexually assaulted and the actress had used it for her personal profit.
She additionally stated Heard, for whom she labored from 2012 to 2015, drank huge portions of crimson wine throughout that point, saying she would obtain incoherent and abusive textual content messages from her employer between 2 a.m. and four a.m.
Depp has already given proof over 5 days and Heard is anticipated to look within the witness field subsequent week. — Reuters